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An Ache in Every Stake (1941)

The three stooges employed as icemen attempt to deliver ice to a mountaintop house and are forced to cater for a birthday dinner there.


Del Lord


Lloyd French (story) (as Lloyd A. French), Lloyd French (screenplay) (as Lloyd A. French)




Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)


The stooges are icemen who, while delivering ice to a house on the top of a high hill, destroy several cakes that a wealthy man is trying to bring home. When their antics cause the servants at their customer's house to quit, the boys are hired to take their place and prepare a dinner party. What they don't know is that the party is for the man whose cakes they wrecked. When Moe's gas filled cake explodes and the man realizes who they are, they must leave in a hurry. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Short | Comedy

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Did You Know?


Contrary to common belief, the long staircase in this film is NOT the same one used in Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's Oscar-winning short, The Music Box (1932). However, it is in the same Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, about two miles away. See more »


Visible padding is seen in Curly's pants when he is dragged out of the back of the ice truck. See more »


Mrs. Lawrence: Make a wish, dear, and blow out the candles.
Poindexter Lawrence: Alright, here they go.
[Cake suddenly explodes]
Poindexter Lawrence: Now I remember, the ice men!
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Featured in Jump 'N the Saddle Band: The Curly Shuffle (1983) See more »

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Great Three Stooges short!
28 July 2004 | by Movie NuttballSee all my reviews

The Three Stooges has always been some of the many actors that I have loved. I love just about every one of the shorts that they have made. I love all six of the Stooges (Curly, Shemp, Moe, Larry, Joe, and Curly Joe)! All of the shorts are hilarious and also star many other great actors and actresses which a lot of them was in many of the shorts! In My opinion The Three Stooges is some of the greatest actors ever and is the all time funniest comedy team!

This is one of My favorite Three Stooges shorts. Its very funny. Vernon Dent is very good in this one. There are two other Three Stooges shorts similar like this one called They Stooge to Conga with Curly and Listen, Judge with Shemp and they are arguably funnier than this! Symona Boniface, Gino Corrado, Bess Flowers, Bud Jamison, Blanche Payson, and Victor Travers are all in this short! This is a very funny one and I strongly recommended it!

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Release Date:

22 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All This and Bedlam Too See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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